If I had to sum up this issue of X-Men Legacy with one word, that word would be transformative. It’s always been clear that Si Spurrier has been taking David Haller on a specific journey with this series, and with this issue we see at least some of the journey pay off, and Spurrier crafts an issue that is typically satisfying for this book.
With the approximately 225 different X-books Marvel is putting out, it’s often amazing to me that so many of them feel exactly the same. This desire to keep repackaging the same thing with slight variations would be infuriating if the success of those books didn’t also support a book as good as X-Men Legacy.
X-MEN LEGACY #15 reunites David Haller with his estranged mother, and serves as a stream-lined primer for the title character’s ridiculously convoluted back story. Of course, Spurrier, Huat and company give us far more than a simple continuity clean-up; this is a thrilling exploration of the superhero genre’s worst aspects – the escapism, the juvenile misogyny and the often trite and brutal attempts at tragedy.
X-MEN LEGACY #14 is a sincere and thrilling look at what it means to be a nation – the terrifying and morally complicated question of modernity, that of having independent thought and still being a part of something bigger. It’s also a look at superhero trends, a very introspective and self-referential title that against all odds avoids indulgence in it’s relentless cleverness.
X-MEN LEGACY #13 is such a perfect representation of what a Marvel comic book should read like in the year 2013 that, in describing it, I fear I will sound little more than a lovesick teenager. Spurrier fearlessly explores multiple complex contemporary issues, from an apolitical generation of voters to the moral struggle of rebuilding an economy.
To save the planet Earth – and maybe the entire galaxy! – the heroes of the Marvel Universe made the most controversial decision of their lives. The results have brought disaster the likes of which they have never seen before. And now, with one final chance…can they make it right?
Written By: Brian Michael Bendis Art By: Carlos Pacheco, Brandon Peterson / Colors By: Jose Villarrubia / Inks By: Roger Martinez / Letters By: VC’s Cory Petit Price: $3.99 In an attempt to defeat Ultron two Marvel Heroes take it upon themselves to create an all-new Marvel Universe. But is the one they have created better or worse … Continue reading